A German technology non-profit has created an “octocopter” drone to deliver a defibrillator to people experiencing a heart attack. There is no doubt that these drones could arrive faster than any ambulance thus increasing the chance of survival. Fredrich Nölle from Definetz held a press conference in the town of Halle in North Rhine Westphalia to display this amazing technology.
A defibrillator carrying drone is summoned through a smartphone app that automatically sends GPS location information. Emergency services, as well as the public in remote areas, can use the service. The drone can fly up to 70 kilometres per hour with a 10km range. The drone can operate in all weather conditions, and uses a parachute to deliver the defibrillator once it arrives to the victims location.
According to WIRED:
“The drone was developed by Height Tech, a company that employs drones for many tasks including movie production, surveying, aerial photography and signal mast inspection.”
These drone service companies have been around for some time but this is a new and innovative way to use drone technology. Check out ServiceDrones, SkyCamUSA and MicroDrones to see some positive examples of these little robots in action.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00D8PPE46″ locale=”us” height=”149″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418QcChm3dL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Drone. We have heard this word numerous times over the last several years. The “non-tech” media have painted these little flying machines as killer robots ready to swoop down and blast your kids with bombs and lasers. The latest fear appears to be that these drones might be outside your windows. They must be up to no good. “They will spy on you!” scream the luddites and the morning shows.
It is not hard to see why these little futuristic robots have gotten such a bad reputation. We could blame DARPA or the US government for using these machines for war. War is a horrible thing and drones of all shapes and sizes have been moving into the battle field. However, these machines are not autonomous. They lack deep A.I. and are not choosing to kill. They are still just an extension of human consciousness and human intention. They are not evil. They don’t have emotions or hold grudges.
This is also another example of how technology will increase human longevity. If this technology becomes common, we may see a sharp decrease in deaths related to heart attacks around the world. Drones could also be used to deliver food and aid to civilians caught in dangerous areas ravaged by wars or areas hit by natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.
We need more innovative positive examples of how we can use drones to help improve our world. We need to shift the perception and public opinion of this technology. I imagine the future will be filled with drones that deliver food, fight fires, build buildings, and walk your dog!
What do you think about drones? How could these machines help make our lives better?
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